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Music’s Effect on Aging Brain

Jennie Dorris, a research associate at CMU, delivers hope for older adults experiencing cognitive declineJennie Dorris stood behind her marimba calling out the name of each musical note as she struck its corresponding wooden bar with a rubber mallet, “C! E! F! … Now, roll the G!”Half a dozen older adults followed her lead, using rubber mallets to strike the notes on their own marimbas. The deep, rich tones resonated around the classroom.Dorris studies music’s effect on the aging brain. She is a research associate in Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Music, and the classroom was her laboratory before the pandemic pushed the pause button on group gatherings. Her students are local residents with mild cognitive impairment who hope learning music will stave off dementia. Dorris hopes i...
Houston musician Henry Darragh releases a somber, pandemic-inspired EP
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Houston musician Henry Darragh releases a somber, pandemic-inspired EP

Music sheet with one of the latest compositions titled “Covid-19” written by musician and composer Henry Darragh, 44, on Friday, July 31, 2020, in Houston. Photo: Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographerAbout two years ago, Henry Darragh found himself looking outward with his music. He’d hit on an idea that twisted together two styles of music with storied histories in Houston: big band and hip-hop. As Doc Loc and the Swangers, he and a big brass-filled ensemble worked up instrumental versions of songs like “25 Lighters” and “On My Block” while creating a big arrangement for “Sittin’ Sidewayz” with new vocal parts by Paul Wall and Big Pokey. The album was a love letter to the city and its music. Now, during this time of quarantine, Darragh, like many of us, turned i...
Local music programs have notes, ready to change tune fall semester
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Local music programs have notes, ready to change tune fall semester

There are hundreds of cooped-up kids, anxious for shelter in place and distance learning to end so they can literally toot their horns, sounding their excitement over a return to normalcy. But that day isn’t any time soon, leaving local band teachers and students struggling to duplicate the magnificent sound, camaraderie, and atmosphere they are able to generate only when they’re physically together. Separated since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, local bands are bracing for a fall semester of online learning and isolation. “The students have a fantastic attitude, far better than I do,” said Christy Latham, music instructor at both Santa Cruz High and Mission Hill Middle School. The Cardinals held their annual Band Camp last week. They met twice online to create a sense of co...
Discover Local Music With EQXposure Featured Artists Of The Week
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Discover Local Music With EQXposure Featured Artists Of The Week

WEQX has long been the preeminent independent station in the Capital Region of New York, broadcasting from Southern VT to a ever-expanding listening audience. Each Sunday evening from 7-9pm on 102.7 FM, you’ll find EQXposure on WEQX, featuring two hours of local music from up and coming artists. NYS Music will bring you a preview of artists to discover each week, just a taste of the talent waiting to be discovered by fans like you. Dryer – “Occupation Suicide” and “Stupid for You”   These two songs make up the first new release since 2016 from this Saratoga Springs band. On Prodgnerd Dryer brings back the lo-fi sound of some of the bands that influence them like The Breeders, Pavement, and Guided By Voices. So if you’re into them and other cool 90’s alt rock...
Local Music Shop Hits a High Note with Madison Muisc Lovers
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Local Music Shop Hits a High Note with Madison Muisc Lovers

MADISON, Wisc., (SPECTRUM NEWS) -- At a time when Wisconsinites are looking for an escape, Strictly Discs in Madison is hitting a high note.  “Music has never been more popular than it is right now and it's very accessible,” says Angie Roloff, owner of Strictly Discs. Music is especially popular during the pandemic as people are longing for connection. Music holds a different weigh for everyone. For some, it's all in the family. “(Music is) everything. When I got out of the army, I became a mason just to support my music habit,” says customer Mike Winget.  Winglet loves music so much, he named his 11-year-old son, “Lyric.” "I’m here for my son today, trying to find some stuff to give him some culture instead of him listening to the stuff on the radio," says Winget.  “Music is a whole wo...
Victoria Monet makes a difference through music
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Victoria Monet makes a difference through music

There’s not much to celebrate. The pandemic continues to pound us. Millions have lost their jobs. Social and racial justice seem as far away as they have for decades. Many artists who want to spread some joy wonder if now is the time to dance or smile or revel in romantic pop. Back in June, in the middle of Pride and nationwide protests, singer-songwriter Victoria Monét debated releasing her collaboration with Khalid, “Experience.” They ultimately decided to drop the single — a sweet slice of disco complete with throwback horns — on June 19. What could have been pure dance club escapism took on more meaning: On it she sings, “I’m hoping that experience can get you to change.” “Putting the song out and having people tell me it, ‘Thank you, I need to dance today’ and ‘I’m skating now to t...
Where does live music go from here? A veteran Chattanooga music writer shares his take.
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Where does live music go from here? A veteran Chattanooga music writer shares his take.

It should be clear to most of us by now that the live music scene in our city and the country is essentially canceled for 2020 because of the coronavirus. Just about every big festival here and elsewhere has called off this year, with Jfest, Riverbend, Moon River and Bonnaroo being the biggest in our area to make that announcement in recent weeks. I don't know about you, but the big mind shift for me has been to now look at those events in the rearview mirror, as if they had happened and we are now talking about next year. I think that's the correct way to see things. Which means the next question on our minds should, or at least could, be what does the future look like going forward? It's a safe bet that it won't look like the past. Things like masks and social dist...
Gallery: Music march | News
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Gallery: Music march | News

Healdsburg local Hollie Clausen and Healdsburg student youth activist Izabel Soto led a boisterous crowd in a musical march down Center Street and up Johnson Street to the Fitch Mountain Elementary School campus on Friday night, July 31, in a show of support for equality and justice for Black, Indigenous and people of color in light of the death of George Floyd and other deaths at the hands of police officers.Folks were encouraged to make signs and learn chants at the Plaza where the event kicked off. Drummers led the marchers down the street and attendees used tambourines and shakers to make some noise and chant. People chanted, “Fire, fire gentrifier, Bla...
James Lee Continues His Music Journey With His New EP ‘CASTLES’
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James Lee Continues His Music Journey With His New EP ‘CASTLES’

Rising singer-songwriter James Lee has just released his second EP, CASTLES. With the EP, Lee continues his journey of healing and explores themes of heartbreak, goodbyes, and letting go. Lee released the EP on July 31, 2020, and he came up with inventive ways to help fans feel involved in his music journey. Courtesy of James Lee ‘CASTLES’ is a ‘milestone’ in James Lee’s career Following his 2018 EP The Light and a series of successful singles, CASTLES demonstrates Lee’s growth as a solo artist. “CASTLES is a milestone in my career that expresses the growth I’ve had as a writer and a producer. When I wrote The Light EP, I relied on the help from some fantastic producers, but for CASTLES I trusted myself,” Lee said via a press release. “Even though it was based on...
‘The Voice’ Vietnam Star Phùng Khánh Linh Signs With Universal Music
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‘The Voice’ Vietnam Star Phùng Khánh Linh Signs With Universal Music

Universal Music Vietnam (UMV), in partnership with Vietnamese independent label Times Records (Hãng Đĩa Thời Đại), has signed Vietnamese pop sensation Phùng Khánh Linh. The announcement comes on the heels of Universal Music Group opening UMV’s offices in Ho Chi Minh City last month. The territory is headed by general manager Lan Khanh Phung. Phùng Khánh Linh was a finalist on Vietnam’s version of “The Voice” in 2015 and went on to release the hit “Hôm Nay Tôi Buồn,” which has logged more than 250 million streams across digital platforms and over 65 million views on YouTube. Her new single, “World Without You (Thế Giới Không Anh),” was released on July 31 (watch the video below). It previews her forthcoming album slated for release later this year. Said Phùng Khánh Linh: “I am ...
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